By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Bauchi State Muslims Coalition against Coronavirus has commenced the distribution of palliatives to 1,500 households across the state to cushion the effect of the dreaded pandemic.
Professor Salisu Shehu during the flagging off the distribution at the Bauchi Emir’s Palace on Wednesday in Bauchi, said the items to be distributed worth over N7.5 million.
Shehu who said that the beneficiaries of the palliatives were tracked using geographical information, GIS assured that the committee will distribute the palliatives irrespective of religious differences.
The chairman of the coalition Professor Salisu Shehu explained that the coalition purchased food items worth N5, 000 that will be given to each of the selected 1, 500 households.
“In each bag, there are rice, maize flour, spaghetti, beans, groundnut oil, maggi, salt and matches packaged in each bags.” He said.
The emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Suleimanu Adamu who flagged off the distribution at his palace lauded the coalition for the gesture saying it would bring succour to the needy in the state especially in this period of partial lockdown in the state.
He observed that many people in the state do not take the pandemic serious and ignore the social distancing order urging the coalition to also sensitize people on the need for them to adopt preventive measures against the disease.
“I commend the Bauchi state Muslims coalition on COVID 19 for sourcing the money, purchasing the food stuffs and distributing to the needy irrespective of their ethnic and religious groups.
“I advise wealthy individuals to donate generously to the coalition so that more people will benefit from the gesture”, he said.
Commending the coalition on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Esther Emanuel who takes care of 10 orphans said, “I thanked the coalition for this support and it will surely impact my households.”